At a special meeting on Thursday 16 July 2020, the County Council approved Christopher Connor’s appointment. He first served as the County Councillor for the Basingstoke North West division between 1985 and 1989, and then for Basingstoke Central from 2013 until 2017.
The title of Honorary Alderman is made to recognise the eminent and lengthy service of former County Councillors who are no longer elected Members of the Council.
In his first term of office, Criss sat on the Education Committee, and its associated Sub-Committees for Education Buildings, Further Education, Schools and the North East and North West Hampshire Area Building Panel. From 1985 to 1986 he was a member of the Public Protection Committee.
In between his terms, Criss served as a co-opted Member from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on the Education Committee, which became the Children and Young People’s Policy Review Committee, from 1993 to 2008.
From 2013 to 2017, Criss was the Leader of the Labour Group on the County Council. During this time, Criss was a member of the Hampshire Pension Fund Panel and Board and was also the Labour spokesperson on the Policy and Resources and the Children and Young People Select Committees, and the Regulatory Committee.
As part of the Electoral Review Members Working Group, Criss contributed to the work of the Further Electoral Review of the County Council carried out by the
Local Government Boundary Commission for England from May 2015 to December 2016.
Criss represented the County Council on Basingstoke Voluntary Services outside body and for many years has given his support to the work of the Hampshire Music Service.